The adjutant general of Texas, Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, presided over the retirement ceremony of Maj. Gen. James K. “Red” Brown, of Lindale, the deputy commanding general of Army National Guard.
The ceremony was at Camp Mabry in Austin on Saturday.
Brown serves with the Office of State Administration as chief of staff to the adjutant general of Texas. He also is the president of Texas Water Systems in Tyler. He and his wife, Jane, live in Lindale.
As deputy commanding general, Brown served as an adviser and personal representative to the commanding general on the training and activities of 350,000 Army National Guard soldiers. He served as the deputy commanding general (operations) for First Army, Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois from June 2014 to August 2015.
Brown received his commission in the U.S. Army in May 1980 from the ROTC program at Texas A&M University.
In 2000, Brown deployed to Bosnia as assistant chief of staff to the G5, 49th Armored Division, Task Force Eagle, SFOR7, Eagle Base and served as the assistant chief of staff, G3.
Additionally, he served as deputy chief of staff for Personnel Headquarters, State Area Command, before assuming command of the 2nd Brigade, 49th Armored Division in 2004. He commanded the 56th Brigade Combat Team, 18th Airborne Corps, during a deployment to Tallil, Iraq, as well as the 56th Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, in Fort Worth.
More recent positions include serving as a strategic planner for Joint Force Headquarters, and director of the Joint Staff. Brown has been assistant adjutant general-Army, Texas National Guard, and served in positions within 36th Infantry Division, including commanding general from December 2010 to June 2014.
Brown’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Service Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Other awards include Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Texas Distinguished Service Medal (with one Star), Texas Outstanding Service Medal, Texas Medal of Merit, Adjutant General’s Individual Award (with two stars), Texas Federal Service Medal (with one Silver and one Bronze Cactus Leaf), Texas Combat Service Ribbon Texas Faithful Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.
He also has been awarded the Orders of St. Barbara, St. George, St. Maurice and St. Michael.